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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens


by Charles Dickens & adapted by Josh Greenhut & illustrated by Brett Helquist

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-165099-4
Publisher: HarperCollins

The beloved Christmas classic is skillfully adapted for this simplified introduction to the tale, amplified by large-format art from the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Helquist’s artistic style is an excellent match for the Dickensian world of mysterious spirits and spooky graveyards, and the illustrations are full of authentic Victorian details in costumes and settings. The extra-large trim size gives him plenty of room to depict the complex scenes of Scrooge’s travels through time and space, and the artist succeeds in making him a believable character who transitions from a grouchy, gray grump to a jovial fellow ready to enjoy life. This abridgement makes the original story accessible to a wide age range and would be a fine preparation for families preparing to attend a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol. (Picture book. 7-12)